Learn about the natural and organic ingredients we use in our mineral sunscreens.
These are our original sunscreen formulas and contain only organic plant oils, butters, beewax and Vitamin E (in addition to the mineral Zinc Oxide.) These illustrations were created for Badger by Kate Beetle, and © Copyright the W.S. Badger Company.
Organic Sunflower Oil (from cold pressed sunflower seeds) – SPF 35 Sport and SPF 30 Unscented, Lavender, Baby, and Kids Sunscreen Creams
Sunflower oil is the featured ingredient in all of our newly reformulated 2013 sunscreen creams. Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in sunscreens because they help to neutralize free radical activity that may occur with extensive sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (from cold processed olives) – SPF 35 Face Stick and SPF 34 Anti-Bug Sunscreen Cream
Our Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Oil has a subtle fragrance and is rich with polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin E, living enzymes, and natural ferments, which contribute to this oil's superior therapeutic effect. Olive Oil is readily absorbed by the skin – and provides an nourishing base for an emollient and antioxidant rich sunscreen cream.
Organic Beeswax – All Sunscreen Creams
Our traditionally processed wax serves as the thickening agent in our sunscreen creams. Beeswax reduces moisture loss from the skin and has an almost immediate soothing effect on skin cracks and fissures. It has a sweet honey-like fragrance and a golden color.
Our sunscreen lotions (below) do not contain beeswax and are vegan.
Organic Jojoba (from Jojoba Seeds) – SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen Cream
Our organic, cold pressed Jojoba Oil balances and moisturizes your skin while providing additional stability to our sunscreen creams. Jojoba, often described as Jojoba Oil, is actually a liquid plant wax or ester, made from a desert shrub. Jojoba is unique because it has similar properties to the oil found on human skin, which makes it remarkably nourishing.
Organic Shea Butter (from Shea Nuts) SPF 35 Face Stick
Our organic Shea Butter is traditionally processed from the African Karite Nut and cold pressed, thus retaining its rich antioxidants and high levels of vitamins A and E – well known for skin healing. It has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties and has a phenolic profile similar to that of green tea. Shea butter is added to our Lavender Sunscreen Cream as part of the power-packed, antioxidant-rich base.
Organic Cocoa Butter (from Cacao Fruit) - SPF 35 Face Stick
Our traditionally processed Cocoa Butter is Certified Organic. Derived from the cocoa bean, Cocoa Butter is a deliciously rich and creamy skin soother and moisturizer that has been used as a dry skin healer for generations. It provides a protective barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture that your skin loses from cleansing and exposure to the elements.
Natural Vitamin E (from Sunflowers) – All Sunscreen Creams & SPF35 Face Stick
Vitamin E is a natural preservative and rich in antioxidants. The Vitamin E in our sunscreens is now derived exclusively from Sunflower, as opposed to mixed sources including corn and soy - this is great news for our friends with food allergies! Badger began shipping sunscreens containing the Sunflower Vitamin E in June 2012, and "Sunflower Vitamin E" is clearly marked in the ingredients panel.
We understand that it is uncommon for Badger products to contain ingredients that are not immediately recognizable; however, a certain amount of chemistry is required to create a lotion base that combines oil and water, and doesn't need to be refrigerated. You have our word that every ingredient meets our Badger standard for safety and purity, and almost all complex ingredients are USDA Certified Organic. Most are single components of ingredients we already use, processed to reach a desired effect (to thicken, disperse, and preserve the product). We will never use ingredients suspected to have negative health concerns.
Organic Aloe Vera Juice and Extract – All Sunscreen Lotions
Certified Organic Aloe Vera makes up the ultra-gentle and non-greasy base of our sunscreen lotions. Aloe, a succulent desert plant, has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe and rehydrate parched skin. When applied directly, Aloe has also been shown to aid the body's natural process of healing and repairing sun-damaged skin. We love the common name for this plant — Wand of God.
This is a unique hybrid product that protects from the sun and bugs. The inactive sunscreen ingredients contain our Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil and several essential oils such as Geranium, Cedar, and Citronella which, in addition to the Castor Oil, act as active anti-bug ingredients.
Is hydrolyzed soy protein the same as monosodium glutamate (MSG)?
No. The hydrolyzed soy protein in Badger's Sunscreen Lotions is manufactured via a thermal and mechanical process, rather than through a harsh acidic reaction. We have tested the hydrolyzed soy protein for free glutamic acid, and the results demonstrate that it contains the same amount as an organic unprocessed soybean.
Is the Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract phototoxic?
No. One of the citrus oils in this ingredient is photosensitizing at levels greater than 1.4%. However, the total percentage of citrus oils in Badger's Sunscreen Lotions is roughly 0.4%, so we do not consider phototoxicity to be a risk. Additionally, the active ingredients in Badger sunscreens counter any photosensitive characteristics, further decreasing this risk.
Are the sunscreens soy-free?
Our sunscreen lotions contains soy as an emulsifier, however, our sunscreen creams do not contain any soy products.
Are the sunscreens gluten-free?
None of our sunscreen ingredients contain gluten; however, since the facility that fills the sunscreen is not a certified gluten-free facility, we cannot make the claim that the lotions are gluten-free.
Are any of these sunscreens Vegan?
Our sunscreen lotions that we are currently in the process of re-formulating do not contain beeswax or any other animal products so they will be vegan sunscreens. This is good news for our Vegan friends. Our sunscreen creams and sticks do contain beeswax however so they cannot be considered vegan sunscreens.
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